JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It’s been said to be groundbreaking in how nursing students train to save lives, and a state-of-the-art simulation center for scholars opened Tuesday night at the University of North Florida’s Brooks College of Health.
The HCA Healthcare Center for Clinical Advancement offers high-quality, hands-on training.
“The simulation center allows you to practice any type of situation you could possibly want, even ones that you wouldn’t typically find in the clinical experiences at the city’s hospitals,” said Curt Lox, dean of Brooks College of Health. “This will really prepare the next generation of nurses for all of us.”
The center includes eight individual simulation rooms with mannequins – including two designed for home care. It also includes:
1 birth suite
1 Infant/Newborn Suite
1 emergency room/trauma bay
1 separate operating room
1 large skills lab room with 6 beds
6 consultation and debriefing rooms
“It prepares them, it helps their confidence, so if they’re really out there in the field doing what they’re doing for us, we want confident, prepared individuals, and a simulation center like this will allow us to do that.” do.” said Lox.
About 150 to 200 nursing students will rotate through the new simulation center this fall. Students are in various stages of UNF’s pre-license BSN program.
The aim is to expand the program to advanced enrolled nursing students in the coming semesters.
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